The Leftovers Season 2

Leftovers Boss on [Spoiler]'s Return: 'She's a Huge Problem'

The Leftovers is not only resurrecting Ann Dowd’s very-much-dead Patti in Season 2, the HBO drama is bringing the pot-stirrer back as a full-fledged series regular. And she’ll once again be up to no good.

“Suffice to say, she’s a huge problem that needs to be solved,” teased exec producer Damon Lindelof at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Regarding what form Patti will take, Lindelof ruled out one prevailing theory. “We don’t want to use her as a Shakespearean ghost, which is to say she’s someone there just to comment on the action. She’s in the show, but we don’t really want to talk too specifically about how she manifests.”

As previously reported, Season 2 — bowing Sunday, Oct. 4 — finds Kevin, Nora & Co. relocating to Jarden, Texas, a small town that holds the distinction of being the only city in the world that suffered zero losses in the Sudden Departure. Lindelof revealed that the new season would be a little more plot-driven (read: there’s a new mystery), but not at the expense of “character development and emotion,” which was the “lifeblood” of Season 1.

The trailer screened for critics took great pains not to spoil the aforementioned new mystery, although Lindelof hinted that it involves the question, “‘What would happen there if there was a departure [in Jarden]?’ In this world, there’s [another] possibility [if someone disappears], and this season is really interested in exploring that.”

Another big change in Season 2: “The Guilty Remnant isn’t happening in Jarden,” confirmed fellow EP Tom Perrotta. “But [Jarden] has its own peculiarities that relate to it needing to protect its special identity. The Guilty Remnant do appear at various times and have a residual power. We’re looking at a different form of expression, in the wake of The Departure, in this place.”

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7 Comments
  1. Steve says:

    Please don’t tell me Patti has and Evil Twin. Honestly it feels like the producers regret most of the stuff they did last season, and just want to redo the whole thing. If the producers don’t have confidence in their own show, why should I. They got sick of Mapletown and just moved the whole thing to Texas like its nothing, they kill of Ann Dowd, then decide they really liked her ad just bring her back. Someone needs to explain why it is HBO is even bringing this show back for a second season if everyone involved felt there were so many things that needed corrected about it.

    • quang says:

      They moved the show to a new setting because they already used up all the material from book.

      And the first season was polarizing, meaning there is enough great material in there for them to potentially turn into a more acclaimed show.

    • nate says:

      I’m pretty sure that’s why they practically burned the damn town down and moved the cast. There pretty much is no more Mapletown so why stay

  2. joe says:

    Why did you put that picture in your twitter feed if you’re not intending to spoil it?

  3. N says:

    I’ll watch

  4. Ro says:

    A friend of mine will join the cast sometime during season 2. I’m psyched for him!